How Hard Kombucha Shapes Up Against Other Alcohols
So, we’ve established that kombucha is chock-full of health benefits, but you might still be wondering why you should ditch your go-to alchy bevvy in favor of some ‘booch. On the most basic level, hard kombucha is healthier because it’s loaded with the good stuff—most of which just isn’t present in your average beer or mixed drink.
However, there are a few highlights of hard kombucha that give it an extra health kick!
Low in calories
Alcoholic drinks are often referred to as having “empty calories” because they don’t offer substantial amounts of macronutrients. If you’re watching your weight or just trying to be conscious of how many empty calories you’re drinking, hard kombucha should ABSOLUTELY be on your radar.
Boozy kombucha is a low-calorie alcohol option compared to most other drinks. For example, each can of Boozy Boocha only contains 92 calories! Compare this to your average beer, which contains 153 calories per serving, or sangria, which averages about 240 calories per glass! When you’re looking to let loose, all those calories add up with every drink—so why WOULDN’T you opt for a bevvy that’s low-cal but just as delish? DUH!
Low in sugar
If your go-to libation is a margarita or a mixed drink with juices or soft drinks, you’re getting a TON of sugar alongside your alcohol. Even after two drinks, the amount of artificial sugar you’ve ingested will probably be enough to make you feel sick and take a hit on your health.
One of hard kombucha’s many positives is that it’s low in sugar compared to other sweet drinks. Sugar is added to the tea when it’s first fermented, but most of it is processed by the bacteria, meaning there isn’t a ton left once fermentation is complete. Some products contain more sugar to make all those fun kombucha flavours. But compared to rum and Cokes or daquiris, you’re ingesting a lot less sugar when you turn to ‘booch.
In terms of calories, alcohol content and overall drinking experience, hard kombucha is most comparable to beer. However, alcoholic kombucha has a HUGE leg up over beer because it doesn’t contain any wheat or barley. This makes it an awesome pick for gluten-free alcohol.
Why does this matter? First, gluten-free alcohol is a MUST for people with Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivities, so your gut doesn’t start a riot after drinking. But you don’t have to have a major gluten reaction to benefit! Gluten can make some peeps feel bloated and gross (even if they loooooove bread). A gluten-free bevvy like Boozy Boocha reduces the icky feelings so you can imbibe without irritation.
One of kombucha’s biggest selling points is its probiotics—beneficial bacteria that keep your gut in good shape. Beyond helping with digestion, probiotics do a TON of good for your health, like bolstering your immune system, clearing your skin, reducing inflammation, improving mental health and helping you sleep better!
These probiotics are present thanks to the SCOBY and fermentation process. What’s even better is that experts believe that probiotics can survive in drinks with lower alcohol content—like Boozy Boocha’s—so this probiotic drink should still offer those happy-gut benefits, with or without the booze!
Has a range of nutrients
When’s the last time you examined the nutritional value of your alcoholic drinks? When it comes to most popular bevvies, you needn’t bother—the nutrients are slim to none! This isn’t the case with hard kombucha, though.
Kombucha naturally contains a range of nutrients thanks to its base ingredient, tea. The drink is rich with B vitamins—specifically vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12—as well as antioxidants like vitamin C and polyphenols. All of these goodies are great for your immune system, nervous system and even your skin health! So, when you’re selecting your libations, why would you NOT pick the one that’s yummy and good for you?!